WHATER : Water Harvesting Technologies Revisited: Potentials for Innovations, Improvements and Upscaling in Sub-Saharan Africa

Project identifier 74-WHATER
Project Status finished
Start date 2011-01-01
End date 2015-06-30
Roadmap Theme
  • Sustainable intensification: Soil, water, land and input management
  • Sustainable intensification: Ecological intensification approaches
  • Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Type of Project Institutional capacity building project
    Programme FP7 Environment
    Keyword Water harvesting; Rain-fed; Water management
    Location Burkina Faso; Tanzania, United Republic of; Ethiopia; South Africa
    Budget 2 456 725
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (FP7)
    Coordinator VU Amsterdam
    Partners
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture
  • University of Stockholm
  • International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)
  • Institut de l'Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles du Burkina Faso (INERA)
  • Arba Minch University
  • VU Amsterdam
  • Project Web Site http://whater.eu/
    Documents Final report

    Description

    Objective:

    The WHaTeR project aims to contribute to the development of appropriate water harvesting techniques (WHTs). These WHTs should be sustainable under dynamic global and regional pressure, and strengthen rainfed agriculture, improve rural livelihood and increase food production and security in Sub-Saharan Africa. In total 3 European and 5 African organisations will be involved; namely VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Newcastle University (United Kingdom), Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden), University of Kwazulu Natal (South Africa), Sokoine University (Tanzania), Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (Kenya), National Institute for Environment and Agricultural Research (Burkina Faso) and Arba Minch University (Ethiopia). Project activities will be divided over 14 Work Packages. The first Work Package covers project management and the second comprises a situation analysis - through revisits to water harvesting sites in 15 African countries studied previously by participating organisations . The next four Work Packages focus on detailed research and technology development activities on cross-cutting themes (environmental sustainability; technology development; livelihood improvement; uptake and upscaling; and global and regional impact) and will be conducted together with four country-based Work Packages (in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, South Africa and Tanzania). One Work Package will concentrate on stakeholder communication and outreaching activities, and the final Work Packages consists of synthesis and dissemination of project results, inclduing production of guidelines for WHTs. The project will spend an estimated 74% of the budget on RTD, 13% on other costs related to stakeholder workshops and outreaching and 13% on project management. The expected impacts of the project comprise technology support for farmers, development of stakeholder communication networks, innovative water harvesting systems, tools for impact assessment, upstream-downstream land use, and policy support for integrated water management and adaptation to climate change to promote EU and African strategies on strengthening rainfed agriculture, food security and livelihoods.